Cutter DEPENDABLE Completes Patrol off the Northeast Coast of the U.S.

Monday, July 28, 2003
The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter DEPENDABLE will be returning to homeport, Cape May, New Jersey, on Monday, July 28, 2003, following a 56-day deployment. DEPENDABLE, a 210 foot Medium Endurance Cutter, has a 72-person crew and spends over 185 days a year deployed from the Hague line off the Northeastern United States to the Caribbean. Her primary missions are law enforcement, search and rescue, and maritime homeland security. On this deployment, DEPENDABLE focused on conducting Operation Atlantic Venture to enforce fisheries laws and ensure the safety of all who sail offshore from New Jersey to the Gulf of Maine. In only six weeks, DEPENDABLE boarded over 70 fishing vessels, conducted 7 multi-unit Search and Rescue cases and terminated the voyage of one fishing vessel in especially hazardous condition. In a unique event, DEPENDABLE also escorted a private vessel carrying the First Lady of the United States on a short cruise along the U.S. coast. Commercial fishing has been noted to be one of the most dangerous jobs in America. In addition to enforcing fisheries laws, DEPENDABLE boarding teams inspected fishing vessels to ensure compliance with the Commercial Fishing Vessel Safety Act. This law, which was passed in 1988, protects the lives of every fisherman who goes to sea by requiring specific safety equipment on every fishing vessel. The Coast Guard conducts dockside safety inspections to ensure compliance with the act and ensure the safety of fishermen. For more information or to schedule a safety exam, call (800) 368-5647 The importance of this Act was never clearer than on July 16 when DEPENDABLE was called to locate the Fishing Vessel ILHA BRAVA. ILHA BRAVA had taken on water and sank so quickly that crewmembers were not able to send a distress call. The crew activated an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB), which transmitted signals via satellite. The First Coast Guard District Operations Center received this signal and sortied DEPENDABLE and a Coast Guard H60 Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Cape Cod, Massachusetts to respond. By the time the Jayhawk arrived on scene in thick fog all that remained was the five-man crew of the ILHA BRAVA sitting on a small raft in the oil slick that was once their vessel. The Jayhawk recovered the crew and transferred them ashore where they were treated at a local hospital and released. DEPENDABLE arrived soon after, recovered the EPIRB, and used it as a training aid during safety inspections of other fishing vessels to demonstrate the importance of having proper safety gear. DEPENDABLE boarding teams enjoyed meeting and supporting the hardworking fishermen of the Northeastern United States. When not conducting boardings and prosecuting search and rescue cases, the crew of the DEPENDABLE was able to enjoy two swim calls at sea and well deserved mid-patrol breaks in Boston, Massachusetts, Portland, Maine, and Newport, Rhode Island. Upon arrival back to Cape May, the crew plans to enjoy time with their families before departing on their next patrol.
Maritime Reporter February 2015 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Legal

IACS and European Commission Hold Joint Workshop to Kick Off European Shipping Week

The International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) held a joint workshop in Brussels with the European Commission to kick off European Shipping Week, the association announced today.

Cosco Boxship Detained Over Illegal Arms

Colombian authorities detained a vessel operated by China's largest shipping group for illegally transporting thousands of cannon shells, about 100 tonnes of gunpowder

Kvichak, Vigor Announce Merger

Merger positions combined company to play a dominant role in recapitalization of North Pacific fishing fleet and emerging Arctic oil gas operations. Kvichak

Maritime Security

Ships Can’t Cope with Flow of Immigrants in Mediterranean

Merchant ship owners can’t cope with increasing flows of refugees trying to cross from Africa and the Middle East to countries like Greece and Italy, says a report

6 NATO Ships Begin Joint Black Sea Exercise

Six NATO warships, including Turkish, Bulgarian and Romanian vessels, have arrived to the Black Sea to start joint training exercises.    NATO ships assigned

Ten Migrants Die in Mediterranean, a Thousand Rescued

At least 10 North African migrants died when their rubber boat overturned in the southern Mediterranean while almost a thousand more from a total of seven vessels

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Contracts Maritime Standards Navigation Offshore Oil Pod Propulsion Salvage Ship Simulators Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Sonar
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.3773 sec (3 req/sec)